Until Next Time!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Well it's been quite some time since I was last here, my blog friends. I've put off writing today's post because I feel like I'm letting myself down (and maybe any loyal readers if you're out there), but I think I know what is best for me and for the blog.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/45317539974848508/If you remember from the beginning of April, I mentioned I would be starting a new job in early April. Well, the job is going great. It's challenging, exciting to learn new things, fulfilling, and a great chance to grow. It's everything I could want in a job right now in my life. But with all of that... it's mentally exhausting.

Which doesn't leave a lot of desire on my part to be creative and crafty at night. Which means I don't have much to share on the blog. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's just a change.

I used to push myself to blog 4-5 times per week. But I put a lot of pressure on myself to reach that goal. To do that now wouldn't be enjoyable for me and it would probably show in posts without passion.

So, I'm pulling away from the blog as a daily thought and goal and will be sharing posts, well, when I have things to share. That sounds really odd. But I guess rather than creating content for the blog, I'll share things as I find myself working on them..

I have nothing but great things to share about blogging and I have only had great experiences as a result of blogging.

So, from now on, think of It's Always Ruetten as more of a part-time blog (if you haven't thought that already).

I want to express my huge THANK YOU to everyone who has ever read the blog, shared my posts, left comments. You have all made my blogging adventure a fantastic experience!

Until next time!

My Mom Always Told Me to Wear a Slip & How That Relates to Rugs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I know we all believe this, but my mom is literally one of the smartest people I know. As I settle into adulthood, I am appreciate that fact more and more. One of the rules my mom always told my sister and me was to wear a slip under dresses and skirts because it sets a great foundation no matter the piece of clothing... and it's a rule I follow to this day, as I near my 27th year.

She also always believes in quality over quantity (something I am working on embracing, but not always succeeding at). In the living from of our house was a very pretty, high quality, navy patterned rug. No matter if the house we were living in was carpeted or hardwood, she always had a rug pad beneath it. It was just how it was. Not something that was talked about, but just something that happened... because no matter the flooring a rug pad is a great foundation.

So when I was contacted by Rug Pad Corner to try out two rug pads in my own home, I knew I had to say yes, or face the wrath of my mom. Just kidding, she's not like that.

Disclosure: Rug Pad Corner reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of their products and write a review. While I am not being compensated for this post, they did provide me with the rug pads.
All opinions are my own.

Back in October I bought this great quatrefoil patterned rug for my dining room. It's the perfect size and color for my apartment and it's by far the largest rug in my apartment, so I jumped on the chance to try the No-Muv rug pad. The pad is really more intended for a rug that isn't anchored down by a large piece of heavy furniture, but since my rug is in a high-traffic area, I felt it would be the best option for my needs.

When the rug arrived it was rolled up and wrapped in plastic. After cutting it open, I wished I had had a place to let it sit and relax for a few days before placing it under my rug. I ended up placing some books on the outer end for a few days to retrain it to lay down flat.

Other than the thickness of the rug pad being a bit more thick than I thought (and creating the gap between the rug and the carpet in the picture below) I am really happy with the No-Muv rug pad.

Here are top and bottom pictures of the rug pad:

There are a few things I love about the rug pad...

Protection Against Furniture Penetration to Rug... Since my rug sits on top of carpet the feet of the chairs and table leave these terrible imprints in the rug. I am hoping that with the 1/4" of cushion beneath the rug, the indents won't be as bad for the long-term life of the rug.

Noticeable Cushion... The 1/4" of cushioning is really noticeable. Both when sitting at the table and when walking over the end of the rug, the plush feel of the rug pad is so noticeable. It's great!

I have the same pad under a highly-trafficked small rug that is between my kitchen and dining room.

This rug is one of Ricky's favorite places to lay (note: did you see little Ricky Ricardo in the first picture...). Before the rug pad, the rug was usually in a lump because Ricky used it as a play toy with his pipe cleaners. I wasn't sure  what type of rug pad would be best for this spot (one for carpet or one for laminate), so I opted for another No-Muv pad.

The thing that I LOVE about the rug pad placed here is that it is NO SLIP! So my dilemma of the always-moving-tripping-hazard-rug has been solved!

I truly can't recommend Rug Pad Corner enough. The shipping was fast, the product high quality, and my favorite thing? Made in the USA!!

Rug Pad Corner pads are really a great option if you are looking for a quality rug pad for your home.

If you are in the market, Rug Pad Corner is offering a 15% off coupon that you can use anytime! Just use the code REVIEW15.

Have a great Tuesday!

Hawaiian Pizza Pasta

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm on day five of ham leftovers. Whose with me? I'm not complaining though. I love ham. I'd rather have ham than turkey at Thanksgiving. I'm serious. So when I got the craving for Hawaiian pizza (even after having Hawaiian pizza) I perused Pinterest and found a few recipes for Hawaiian pizza pasta dishes and realized it's the perfect dish to use up some of my leftover ham. Combining two of my favorite things! So here's my take on this sweet-and-savory dish!

The recipe is incredibly easy, comes together quickly, and is so satisfying. I highly recommend adding this to your list of new recipes to try!

3.5 cups uncooked pasta (I used Rotini)
2 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
1/4 cup pasta sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella/Italian cheese blend
1 cup cubed ham (leftover is best!)
1 cup pineapple chunks, juice drained

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, cubed ham, and drained pineapple chunks.
4. When the pasta is cooked through, drain the remaining water.
5. Slowly pour the cooked pasta into the sauce mixture and combine.
6. Starting with the pasta mixture, layer the pasta and cheese into a sprayed casserole dish.
7. Bake for 15 minutes or until all of the cheese is melted.

Hope you enjoy!

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First Friday {April}

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Good Friday! This afternoon is a spring holiday, so I will be off work at noon. Yay for seeing sun and getting a weekday haircut! I'm looking forward to this nearly-three-day weekend. What do you have planned for the first weekend of April?

April is always a renewing month and I'm looking forward to it.

1. This month is my birthday month! Yes, I consider the entire month my birthday celebration. The e-mails with birthday coupons have started rolling in, so I'll be shopping on the store's dimes this month! A few years ago I shared a roundup of great birthday freebies. Check it out here!

2. Around my birthday, there is a book that is being released that is at the top of my birthday wish list. The book is titled "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" (my hometown in Montana) and is an investigative piece on rapes on college campuses, namely the University of Montana. I grew up learning to ride my bike on that campus, taking violin lessons in the music hall, and seeing the campus from the doors of my high school. This university is a huge part of Montana's identity so this book will be really interesting to read. Plus, John Krakauer is a great author.

3. I recently discovered the show "TURN: Washington's Spies" on Netflix. So far I have only watched the premiere episode, but it already stands out as an incredible show. I have a feeling I am going to love this show! The second season premieres later this month so be sure to catch it if you have Netflix!

4. Spring has arrived in Albuquerque so I'm looking to switch over my winter clothes, thoroughly clean my apartment, and cook some lighter meals this month. One recipe that caught my eye recently on Pinterest that I want to try is a pasta salad with asparagus (one of my favorites)! The recipe looks like one that can be easily adapted to whatever is in the pantry and fridge at the time.

Mix farfalle, bow-tie pasta, with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, chopped egg, bacon and finish with a lemon balsamic vinaigrette for a Spring Farfalle Salad that’s tastes as fresh as the season. Recipe at littlemsscelebration

5. I purchased the cutest doormat for my front door at Hobby Lobby when it was on sale for 50% off. Let's just say it combines polka dots and over-sized flowers... and I love it. I am in the process of working on a wreath and my front porch planters to match it since I'm planning on starting my "mini-garden" next month. I'm using this photo as my inspiration for my spring porch:

I hope you have a great weekend and a fantastic Easter!
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